Zen Baggage

Zen Baggage

A Pilgrimage to China

Book - 2009
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In the spring of 2006, Bill Porter traveled through the heart of China, from Beijing to Hong Kong, on a pilgrimage to sites associated with the first six patriarchs of Zen. Zen Baggage is an account of that journey. He weaves together historical background, interviews with Zen masters, and translations of the earliest known records of Zen, along with personal vignettes. Porter's account captures the transformations taking place at religious centers in China but also the abiding legacy they have somehow managed to preserve. Porter brings wisdom and humor to every situation, whether visiting ancient caves containing the most complete collection of Buddhist texts everuncovered, enduring a six-hour Buddhist ceremony, searching in vain for the ghost in his room, waking up the monk in charge of martial arts at Shaolin Temple, or meeting the abbess of China's first Zen nunnery. Porter's previously published Road to Heaven: Encounters with Chinese Hermits has become recommended reading at Zen centers and universities throughout America and even in China (in its Chinese translation), and Zen Baggage is sure to follow suit.
Publisher: Berkeley : Counterpoint : Distributed by Publishers Group West, c2009.
ISBN: 9781593761325
1593761325
Branch Call Number: 915.1 PORTER
Characteristics: 359 p. : ill., map ; 24 cm.

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MrBoules
Aug 24, 2015

If you're interested in the people and places significant in the history of Zen in China, you probably won't be able to put this book down once you've started to read.

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